So sorry to hear about this. I usually try to
analyze the situation rationally. Recently too often I get messages that someone
working a lot with aroids dies or is seriously ill. Probably this will make me
an insomniac until I (or someone else) solves this puzzle. I looked at the names
of aroids, both scientific and common ones. Many of them refer to the creatures
of darkness, of things causing fear and commonly known as "evil". In botanical
names we find Draco, Typhon, Sauro. Often they come from unpleasant smell or
appearance, we all know that aroids are poisonous because of calcium oxalate,
but let's dive deeper. Into such domains of life like religions or
superstitions. In many European languages the common, sometimes very old
traditional names are connected to demonic entities. "Adder's Tongue",
"Devil's Tongue", "Devil's Ivy" are examples in English, in other languages:
Czech "Dablik" = devil, Norwegian "myrk/mörk" = dark, Finnish "vehkeily" -
trick, intrigue (trap inflorescence?). The origin of the name
Arum/Araceae is also mysterious, it may come from "aroma", but as well from "ar"
- fire (red fruits?) or even from Charon. http://www.wschowa.com/abrimaal/araceum/pages/common.htm
Some aroids were researched by NASA, the
research proved that the popular tropical aroids like Spathiphyllum,
Epipremnum, Philodendron and other plants living in shady, humid biomes
(ferns, orchids) emit negative ions which are helpful for human's health
(relaxing), but... if they emit something, they require other substances. Which
I've also read that many aroids release histamine,
a neurotransmitter responsible for inflammation in the human immunity system,
what is it? Even my doctor had to search in a book and was not sure when I asked
him about histamine. It is used for curing vertigo, too.
These are some facts and probably there no person
who knows responses for all the question marks.
Do we feel unsafe when we are in places where are
no aroids, are they addictive?
Are our treasures perfidious slow-killers?
or maybe we (gardeners, botanists, nature lovers)
are just more fragile than people who build houses, repair cars, compete in
and we create a modern mythology - in the orchid
world there are also names like Dracula nosferatu - fantasy or deeper
sensations (radiesthetic etc.)
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, June 26, 2010 6:34
Subject: [Aroid-l] Julius Boos and Tricia
One of the only two
surviving founders of the International Aroid Society, Tricia Frank, died last
night after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. This is a major loss to
I spoke briefly with Julius Boos yesterday who also has been
fighting pancreatic cancer for one year and he has never sounded so very weak.
He is also in a hospice at this time. Julius is one of the most
knowledgeable and highly respected members of the IAS and if you've ever read
much in the archives of Aroid l or more than one page on my website you have
found he has made thousands of posts and I quote him often.
minutes ago Julius called me to tell me he felt worse today and just wanted to
talk. His voice was much weaker than yesterday and I had to listen very
carefully to understand what he was trying to convey. We talked for
close to 5 minutes which is the longest time I've been on the phone with him
in more than a month. He says he has trouble eating, is extremely weak
and was obviously depressed.
Please keep both of these great
aroiders and friends in your thoughts. Our community will greatly miss
Tricia and we only wish the best to Julius in his struggle with this horrible
condition that has affected them both.
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